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Stale Smokes?

Can cigars go stale?
Posted: September 16, 2013

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Yes, they can.

As cigars dry out under the duress of improper humidification, they lose the oils that carry the vital flavor elements. When the oils are lost, you can replace the moisture by rehumidifying your cigars, but you can't replace the flavor. Thus, a cigar that hasn't been humidified for long periods (i.e. months) can be revived to a moisture level that will allow the cigar to burn properly, but it will taste stale.

This does not apply to cigars that may have dried out over the course of a weekend fishing trip. Nonetheless, we urge you to take constant care of your cigars.

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Parker Lichtenstein September 17, 2013 4:28pm ET

I keep my bulk supply of cigars in airtight 25 gallon fiberboard (wax or poly coated) drums/barrels with clamp-on lids. Over the past 20+ years that I've been doing this I've not had any smokes go stale, and I only occasionally have had to place a piece of damp sponge inside to add some humidity. When my 200 cigar humidor gets low I just open one of my barrels to replenish the cabinet.

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